Archive for February 13th, 2008

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Baseball is BACK!!!

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

While pitchers and catchers don’t officially report until tomorrow, for all intents and purposes spring training is already upon us. And while the rest of us were consumed with the Roger Clemens congressional hearings today, your friendly neighborhood beat reporters were down in Tampa and Port St. Lucie catching up with the various players who have reported early.

Over on his LoHud Yankees Blog, Peter Abraham’s got some audio from Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi, and also informs us that Andy Pettitte has been excused from spring training until Monday.

Pete also brings up the question as to whether we could see Pettitte retire prior to the season – a sentiment also raised by Mike and the Mad Dog earlier today. If anything came out of today’s proceedings on Capitol Hill it was that Pettitte’s frank and honest testimony was the final and most significant blow that will cost Clemens his legacy and likely his place in the Hall of Fame. It …

Kidd Deal Blocked

Nets Rumors & News

ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that Devean George is exercising his no-trade clause in order to block the blockbuster deal that would have sent Jason Kidd to Dallas in exchange for George, Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager and two first round picks.

The development is unexpected and fairly bizarre since George is only signed to a one-year contract and would only be asked to play out the season in New Jersey. I suppose the veteran doesn’t want to forego his chance at being part of a title run in Dallas, however, I think someone needs to remind Devean that he’s friggin’ Devean George. Shut up and pack your bags.

Hearing Depositions Available Online

Yankees Rumors & News

The depositions from today’s key witnesses are now available online at the House committee’s web site, and includes statements from Roger Clemens, Brian McNamee, Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch, the Clemens’ nanny, and others.

Kidd Traded To Dallas

Nets Rumors & News

I’m completely spent from the Clemens hearings, so I’ll let ESPN do the talking:

Sources told that the Mavericks and Nets on Wednesday reached an agreement in principle on a Kidd deal after talks had seemingly stalled last week, moving the teams to brink of completing the NBA’s third blockbuster deal of the month.

Although sources say that the teams are still sorting out final details, this deal was described as “imminent” by multiple sources close to the process after negotiations moved to an advanced stage Tuesday night. The deal — salvaged from talks on a three-way trade with Portland that developed and fizzled quickly two weeks ago — has Dallas sending 24-year-old point guard Devin Harris, veteran swingman Jerry Stackhouse, the expiring contracts of center DeSagana Diop and swingman Devean George and guard Maurice Ager to New Jersey for Kidd and forward Malik Allen.

The Nets would also receive $3 million from the Mavs and Dallas’ first-round picks in June ’08 and ’10. New Jersey is expected to buy out Stackhouse’s …

Yankees Rumors & News

You’re still here? It’s over. Go home.

They’re wrapping up now as Waxman delivers his final statement. The Chairman just had to deliver the second gavel stomp of the day in order to quiet Clemens, who once again attempted to defend himself against the implications of Andy Pettitte’s affidavit. Waxman also took the opportunity to apologize to McNamee for the way that he’s been treated by some members of the committee today, which was kinda unnecessary in my opinion for the Democratic congressman. We’re making friends with Brian McNamee now?

McNamee just got an opportunity to get on a soap box and talk about how the Mitchell Report only scratches the surface of the problem in baseball, and there remains a dire need to educate people about the dangers and consequences of performance enhancing drugs. A nice way to conclude for the trainer who’s been painted in an extremely unflattering light all day.

Congressman Elijah Cummings decides to bring Andy Pettitte back into the debate. “You’re one of my …

Try As He Might, Zeke Can’t Move Zach

Knicks Rumors & News

In the wake of the trade that saw Memphis dump star Pau Gasol in exchange for two first round draft picks, Javaris Crittenton, and the expiring contract of Kwame Brown, I wondered aloud whether the Knicks could get anything approaching that return for their own high-priced, smooth-shooting power forward, Zach Randolph. Forget the draft picks, forget young Crittenton, I would have settled for Kwame’s expiring contract. I may have even sweetened the pot by including a Renaldo Balkman or Wilson Chandler, maybe David Lee or Nate Robinson if you were to twist my arm – anything to get rid of the three seasons and more than $48 million remaining on Z-Bo’s bloated deal.

So I posed the query to a pair of Knicks beat writers: Is it possible to purge the payroll of Zach’s salary, or is the guy a complete albatross? Like all news surrounding this terrible team, their replies were pretty depressing.

Said Frank Isola of the Daily News: “I love Zach as a guy…but I have …

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